Alex Carter has quit Emmerdale after four years in the role of Jamie Hope, Digital Spy can confirm.
The 27-year-old will bow out from the Yorkshire-based soap later this year in order to pursue new projects.
Carter first revealed the news in an interview with Shaun Keaveny on BBC 6 Music and went on to make a number of light-hearted remarks over his character's current contribution to the programme.
He joked: "I'm getting thoroughly depressed because I'm in work every day for about four hours. It's like they're teasing me because I'm leaving and I've got one line. I'm in work every day. It's driving me mental.
"I can't even go off and meet people and talk about being King Rat in Skegness or anything like that. I can't even plan my future! They've got me by the balls."
Meanwhile, asked how Jamie will depart, Carter replied: "Why spoil the habit of my character's lifetime? It's nothing interesting - I think I just go in a cab."
An Emmerdale spokesperson this afternoon told DS: "We can confirm that after four years on the show, Alex Carter has decided to leave Emmerdale. He's been a great asset to the show and we wish him all the very best for the future."
Carter joined ITV's rural soap in November 2005 and first appeared as the local postman on February 16, 2006.
Can listen to that interview here. Go forward to about 2.18
Former Cutting It star Jason Merrells has joined the cast of ITV soap Emmerdale.
The actor, best known for his role as stylist Gavin Ferraday on the BBC drama, has signed up to play a handsome business tycoon named Declan who becomes entangled in the life of murderess Natasha Wylde (Amanda Donohoe).
Declan will first appear on screen in April and be seen acquiring a stake of the village's Home Farm estate after a cash-strapped Natasha searches for investors.
The newcomer's involvement with Natasha will take a further twist, however, as viewers are left to wonder whether the newly-single businesswoman is looking for more than just a financial saviour.
Speaking of his new role, Merrells commented: "I'm thrilled to be joining a show as respected and well-loved as Emmerdale and look forward to filming my first scenes later this month. Declan's an enigmatic mogul who is bound to raise a few eyebrows in the village."
Emmerdale's series producer Gavin Blyth added: "I'm delighted to be welcoming Jason to the cast. He is an extremely talented actor and will be brilliant in the role of Declan. Jason's role will continue to take the show forward in this very exciting time for Emmerdale."
Former Hollyoaks actor Marc Silcock has joined the ranks of Emmerdale, Digital Spy can exclusively reveal.
The 21-year-old - who portrayed schizophrenic Newt's imaginary alter-ego Eli on and off between 2008 and 2009 - takes on the role of Jackson Walsh, a potential new love interest for sexually confused mechanic Aaron Livesy (Danny Miller).
At the end of last year, Aaron's world was thrown into turmoil when he made a pass at his best friend Adam Barton (Adam Thomas) following a car accident. With villagers gossiping about his true sexuality, Aaron was forced to try to cover his tracks and embarked on a relationship with Adam's sister Holly (Sophie Powles).
In the coming weeks, though, Aaron panics when his cover story Holly ends their relationship. On a night out with Eli (Joseph Gilgun), Aaron is tempted to visit a gay bar. When he eventually plucks up the courage to go inside, he's taken aback when Jackson takes an interest in him.
Speaking of Jackson's arrival in the village, Emmerdale series producer Gavin Blyth told DS: "Like Aaron, Jackson's a very contemporary gay character - he's not a stereotype. He's someone who exists in his own right in the world because of who he is - not what he is in terms of his sexuality. We've got to realise that for everything that Aaron's fighting, if he's ever going to let anyone in, it's going to be someone he can relate to.
"I also stated from the outset that I wanted Aaron's tale to be a very modern story of someone not only wrestling with their sexuality but also loathing himself at times for it and (wrongly) fearing other people judging him. If we're to play a relationship of any sense as Aaron moves forward, I want it to be a very real one, not based on clichés or stereotypes."
He continued: "And as, when and if the relationship goes anywhere, it's paramount that both characters can ultimately continue to drive the story beyond that of their sexuality."
Meanwhile, speaking of his casting, Silcock said: "I've always been a fan of Emmerdale, so I'm thrilled to be joining the cast. Jackson will play a big part in Aaron's journey and I'm so pleased to be involved in this story."
I wonder who posted the flowers in the thomas' letterbox? Is sally back?
Is Debbie leaving for good?
Yes Sally is back
Debbie is leaving for maternity leave only she will be back
Ohhh Psycho Sally!
does anyone know whats gonna happen with the psycho sally storyline?? i love watching but if i dont know the spoiler beforehand, i get so excited that i get palpitations. weird but true.
Doesnt Jan Francis (Rodney's date) look good...62 you know..not many women her age look good in jeans...
So annoyed that Ashley didnt tell Laurel!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why, Laurel is much nicer than Sally
He tells Laurel that he thinks Sally date raped him
I dont think anything happened between them tbh
The poor man looked as if he did not have the strngth to take off his clothes let alone do anything. If she wanted to think something happened, why did she not stay in the bed beside him till he woke up.
Thought tonights episode with Aaron and Paddy was fantastic. The actor who plays Aaron gave such a great performance, very heartfelt and emotional, Paddy telling him how much he hated him at first and wanted to get rid of him and now he loves him and thinks of him as a son, it was terrific, and i'm glad they shared that hug, very poignant indeed.
Ya brilliant stuff. The eposites where only two or three people are involved in can often be brilliant as the actors put so much into the half hour.